One of my favorite things to do at Christmas is to watch holiday movies. I have probably seen most of them a time or two, but each season I enjoy watching them again.
Hallmark aired its Hall of Fame movie last night, November Christmas. It was one of the best holiday movies I've ever watched. Having grown up in Hallmark land, I have always been a tad bit bias about this company. Most of my friends at some time have worked for Hallmark. I even had a brief employment time fresh out of school. The distribution center is just down the street!
The movie cast was perfect. Of course having a favorite seasoned actor didn't sway those thoughts even more, Sam Elliott. Way to go Sam! You still have it! Sam is also married to a favorite actress of mine, Katherine Ross. This presentation had great writing and wonderful acting rolled up in one film, loved it! If you get a chance to watch it, I would highly recommend the movie. A little warning: Have a box of tissue sitting next to you and I can't believe I'm saying this but, watch the commercials. They are grand!
Way to go Hallmark! Your marketing is taking on a fantastic new look and I really like it!
I have always preferred traditional foods for Thanksgiving. Minus, Giada's stuffing, the holiday meal is filled with vintage recipes past down from mother to daughter generations upon generations. That is probably why I feel a warm comfy feeling when I prepare them.
As I began to write down the ingredients I needed from the market, I too began pondering sad thoughts. Realizing there are so many families that have fallen upon hard times. Most of them won't have the luxury of gathering among a Thanksgiving table lined with sweet potatoes and pies, some won't even have a table at all. Some won't have a dining room. Most won't have the few dollars needed to purchase a turkey!
That is so very sad to me.
Here's my thought...
If everyone that is preparing their own turkeys this Thanksgiving would donate an extra one to a local food bank, rest assured it would put a smile on a face or two and let folks know there are still people to count on in this world and they're not alone.
As simple as my Thanksgiving menu is I too realize what an honored blessing it is and how it's the simple sometimes unnoticed things in life that bring us the most joy.
If you've happened to notice, and I know you have, blogging about food seems to be almost as interesting to me as talking about soap.
Those beautiful 1/2 pint jars are filled with aromatique tasty cranberry chutney that during the holidays become a gift to whom only the fastidious receive. The recipe makes 6 1/2 jars. I eat half a jar while mixing remainder six and anxiously awaiting them to fulfil their time in the boiling pot to do their canning thing.
Making chutney is very much like making soap. You allow the jars to sit and cool for 24 hours before touching them. Then my favorite part of canning, the wrapping. This season compared to last years brightly colored shrugs, simply done. In fact while searching for some creative canning wrap techniques I found this site.
No special canning tools required to create this burgundy foody bliss. In fact, a few wooden spoons, a large pan, jars seals and lids of course, and as Patrick would say, "lots of love!" Ever since Patrick was little he'd cook for Lennis and I and we'd comment on how deli sh it was. He'd always reply, even when he was little, "I put lots of love into it!"
Isn't that really what cooking is all about?
Especially during the holidays.
We prepare special dishes, assemble the cloth napkins, set the table with the finest of china all for our treasured loved ones and family and if a stranger happened by our dining rooms and peeked through the windows they'd think the King and Queen were arriving soon!
As Patrick would say, "you got to put some love into it?"
Working on my Thanksgiving menu... I'm torn between dressing's. I really prefer simple corn bread dressing, but then I watched food network the other day and saw Giada make hers and fell madly in love with the recipe. Yummy chestnuts!
Enjoy caring and sharing putting the love in holidays.
I know you've seen these two aprons before, but I can't help posting this picture once again. I love the sweet vintage style fabrics on both and honestly too, I can't believe they haven't sold in the studio!
As Christmas begins to get closer and everyone sits down to a blissful Thanksgiving meal, Bittersweet will be kicking into the merry preparing, prepping and of course pondering and poking at the hustle and bustle of my favorite time of year.
I love the onset of winter. Having been a midwest girl most of my life winter has always meant ice skating, sledding and snow! The latter, the more the merrier, I say. I've talked about how I still enjoy sledding and how I have my sled from when I was a child, now almost considered an antique, I believe. Isn't it 50 years?
When I was a kid I'd spend hours outside on a snowy day with all the neighbor kids sledding down Truman Road. I'd wax my blades so that my sled would go the fastest and up and down that road over and over until darkness fell and then a run in house for a bite and back out for more sledding!
We were fortunate in having a beautiful lake resort right outside of town. When the winters got cold enough dad would ask if I wanted to go skating. I'd call my friend Tracy and we'd gear up for the ice. H'm, I wish I still had those skates! I've talked about how my dad would shine on that ice. He skated backwards and went really fast and seemed to be a natural born ice skater. The first time I saw him skate I was in awe. I had no idea my dad could ice skate so well. I thought how did he learn to do that!
Today's winter... I mostly enjoy a walk in the snow right after it begins to fall, when no one else has stepped on the frosty white powder. There's something soothing and peaceful that accompanies it.
Of course, at least one sled ride down Walnut too. Just like when I lived on Truman Road, well kinda. Childhood memories can never be replaced with modern day ones, I believe.
I bet you have similar winter wonderland stories...